Today, for the first time ever, all of the Smiths rode their own bikes on a family bike ride. Everett still has training wheels but I have not had to push him and help him along as much, so today I said we should try for a family bike ride around the block. We all got on our own bikes and when we got around the block everyone was doing great, so we kept going! It was simply awesome. I brought up the rear and occasionally had to hop down from my bike and give Everett a push, but he did great all by himself. Madeleine and Lee kept circling back to check on us and they had fun leading the pack.
Everett will start kindergarten in the fall and is becoming more independent every day. One day last week he didn't want me to tuck him in at night, but I told him he had no say in the matter :) Children grow up so fast. And I could not be prouder of my Madeleine and my Everett.
It seems to me that growing up for a child and letting go for a parent is the process of family life.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The real Santa is at Northpark Mall in Dallas, Texas. Seriously, he is wonderful. Here is our yearly photo. The kids are getting tall!
You can see how much they have grown, check on the photo from 2011 here and previous years here. Madeleine asked for a password journal (it is a journal that records your voice and only that person can open it) and Everett asked for a beyblade (though he had been saying he would ask for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle set).
|2012 - Everett at 5 and Madeleine at 8 1/2|
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I won tickets from Dallas Child to see the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. It was such fun to see these amazing folks in person (though far away). Madeleine was so excited, she knew the names of all of the female gymnasts and had watched the London Summer Olympics every night. Here are some pictures that I took.
|Top L to R: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman; Bottom L to R: ? and Nastia Liukin|
|Men's gymnastics team, they were strong!|
|A good picture of Nastia Liukin|
|Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas|
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
On his birthday Everett had donuts and a kolache (his favorite food of all time) for breakfast and brought Star Wars cupcakes for his classmates. That night Lee made his homemade pizza, we ate more cupcakes and opened presents!
|Everett at one day old, October 2007|
|1st Birthday - October 5, 2008|
|2nd Birthday - October 5, 2009|
|3rd Birthday - October 5, 2010|
|4th Birthday - October 5, 2011|
|5th Birthday - October 5, 2012|
|Madeleine and Everett on a ride at Chuck E Cheese|
|Shooting things with daddy at Chuck E Cheese|
Go to the State Fair of Texas Opening Day Parade! In this list of 52 Things to Do in Dallas with Kids (in 2010 and 2011 blog posts) I have tried to highlight things that are free (or close). One free thing that is associated with the State Fair is the Opening Day Parade. It goes through downtown on the first day of the fair (Friday) at noon. This year I took Everett with me since next year he will be in kindergarten.
|It was hot, and he was not too sure about this parade...|
|Where else can you find a lady dressed like a flower?|
|The 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts!|
|The coolest Elvis (there were many) all on motorcycles|
|A dragon celebrating the Chinese Lantern Festival|
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|Family photo at Epcot (it's hard to see the white globe in the white sky)|
The scariest thing happened in the airport as we were in line to board. Everett was there and then he was gone. We could not see him anywhere and part of me thought that he was playing hide and seek. I started to walk one way and Lee walked another. Lee found Everett two gates from where we were. As soon as Lee saw Everett he noticed that two security people were heading towards Everett as well. Everett was on the wall with tears running down his cheeks. It was traumatic, but I was so thankful for the security folk who had noticed that a child was lost and a child who stayed put when he realized he was lost.
As soon as we got to Orlando we took a taxi to our hotel. We stayed at the Dolphin, but the entire hotel was booked for the last night of our stay so we had to go to the Yacht Club for the last night. The Yacht Club pool is so much fun with its sand area and slide from a pirate ship.
We arrived Saturday afternoon and walked to Epcot from our hotel. We went to Soaring since last year Everett was not tall enough. We saw Figment (my favorite ride) and favorites from last year like Turtle Talk with Crush. Madeleine and Lee rode Raytheon's ride and Madeleine was so proud to be riding her daddy's ride since Lee works for Raytheon. We tested Coca Cola products from other countries for free (my favorite!) and then went to our dinner at the Garden Grill with Chip, Dale, Mickey Mouse, and Pluto. After dinner we watched the Illuminations show with great fireworks.
|Everett kept manhandling the characters, he now knows that there is a person under that costume!|
After lunch we went to Animal Kingdom and loved the safari where we saw rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, and lots of other animals. We did the It's Tough to be a Bug show but since it is in the dark and there are things spraying on you and crawling behind your back, Everett was terrified. The guidebook says may be frightening for children and they were right! We watched the best parade at Disneyworld, the Jammin' Jungle parade that reminds me of the Broadway show of the Lion King with the amazing people that are animals. We all rode Expedition Everest, the roller coaster went backwards! We went back to our hotel and swam and then stayed at our hotel for dinner. We walked along the Boardwalk and were all very entertained and impressed by the magicians performing.
|If it rains and you can't go to Jedi training, you get to meet Darth Vader!|
|Everett finally old enough to do Jedi Training!|
|The favorite kid show of the moment. Phineas & Ferb!|
Monday Lee went off bright and early to his Conference and the kids and I went back to Hollywood Studios to try once again to battle Darth Vader at Jedi Training. Everett and Madeleine had a blast! Everett was so excited to finally be old enough (you have to be 4). There is a training and then Darth Vader appears and they all get to fight him. A highlight of the trip, for sure! We rode Star Tours 3 more times and then we had pictures taken with lots of characters, Phineas & Ferb, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Jake from the Neverland Pirates & Sulley the monster from Monsters Inc. We had lunch at Pizza Planet and the kids loved all of the video games. We met Lee at his break for lunch and we did Toy Story Mania again. We went back to the hotel to swim and then walked around France and Morocco in Epcot. They have a cool Phineas and Ferb game on a cell phone and the kids loved it. As we walked around Morocco Madeleine did not know what a belly dancer was and since the restaurant in Morocco had a belly dancer, we had a delicious dinner there and enjoyed the belly dancing! We went to Japan and I loved going through the shops there, it felt like I was back in Japan! We went to America and enjoyed the movie about America's history. We made our way via bus to Magic Kingdom and watched the Electrical Parade and the fireworks, but Everett fell asleep and the fireworks did not wake him up!
|My two pirates!|
|Family photo with Captain Hook at the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party|
|3 people in the cars at Tomorrowland Speedway. Lots of laughs.|
Monday, August 27, 2012
|Everett (preK) and Madeleine (in 3rd grade) in front of the school sign!|
Madeleine started third grade today! She has grown up a lot this summer, not only did she go to her first sleep away camp (2 nights at girl scout camp Bette Perot) but she is also making regular visits to the orthodontist. She now has a butterfly expander on the roof of her mouth with a key that her lucky parents get to turn every morning and every night as we break her palate to make it bigger. She also has an appliance on her bottom teeth.
This fall Madeleine will be involved in girl scouts, ballet, volleyball, and piano.
Everett is in his last year of preschool at Oak Lawn UMC.
|Family photo waiting for the doors to open.|
|Family photo in Madeleine's classroom.|
|My precious girl.|